Berlandina koponeni Marusik, Fomichev & Omelko, 2014

Fomichev, Alexander A. & Marusik, Yuri M., 2017, A survey of East Palaearctic Gnaphosidae (Araneae). 8. New data on Berlandina and Gnaphosa from Mongolia, Zootaxa 4258 (1), pp. 69-80: 70-72

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Berlandina koponeni Marusik, Fomichev & Omelko, 2014


Berlandina koponeni Marusik, Fomichev & Omelko, 2014 

Figs 1‒4View FIGURES 1 ‒ 8, 34View FIGURES 34 ‒ 35

Berlandina koponeni Marusik et al., 2014a: 192  , figs 30–37 (♂).

Material examined. MONGOLIA: Ömnögovi Aimag: holotype ♂ ( ZMMUAbout ZMMU) unknown locality, sand dune 1.06.1997 (YM)  ; 1♂ ( ZMMUAbout ZMMU) same locality and date (YM); Bayankhongor Aimag: paratypes 9♂ (Nr. 878, NHMBAbout NHMB) 8 km OSO von Somon Bajanleg , 1350 m, Sandwüste auf Schotterboden, mit altem Haloxylon  - Bestand, hie und da mit grossen Nitraria  und Lasiagrostis  - Stellen. Geeinzelt vom Boden vom den Pflanzen, unter trockenem Mist und aus dem Sand herausgegraben. 2.VII.1967 (Z. Kaszab); Mongolia, unknown localities  , 1 ♀ label "No 190/79" (P. Gajdoš); 1 ♀ label " No 216/79" (P. Gajdoš). CHINA: Inner Mongolia  : 4♀ (IZCAS) Hangjing Qi, Erdos, 1290 m, red sand, 5‒7.08.1998 (Xiaodong Yu); 3♀ ( IZCASAbout IZCAS) Erdos , 1200‒1350 m, 3‒ 10.08.1999 (Hongzhang Zhou, Xiaodong Yu). 

Diagnosis. Female of this species is similar to B. hui Song et al., 2004  and B. ovtsharenkoi Marusik et al., 2014  . From the former species it differs by the shape of anterior edge of fovea and by broader outgrowths of lateral pockets (Op) (cf. Figs 2, 4View FIGURES 1 ‒ 8 and figs 46‒48 in Marusik et al. 2014a). From B. hui  it can be separated by the stronger sclerotized lateral margins of atrium and by the elongate outgrowths of lateral pockets (cf. with figs 17‒18 in Marusik et al. 2014a). The male of B. koponeni  differs from those of other species by the long median apophysis and thin and straight embolus. Both sexes of B. koponeni  differ from all congeners by the contrasting dorsal pattern of abdomen, consisting of three dark longitudinal stripes connected by chevrons on a light background lacking in other Berlandina  species ( Fig. 1View FIGURES 1 ‒ 8 and fig 37 in Marusik et al. 2014a).

Description. Female. Total length 10.2. Carapace: 4.4 long, 3.5 wide. Coloration. Carapace yellow with two gray stripes around cephalic area. Chelicerae brown. Sternum, labium and maxillae yellow-brown. Legs yellow. Abdomen beige with gray dorsal pattern: three longitudinal stripes connected by transversal stripes and two white spots in mid part. Spinnerets yellow.

Leg measurements:

Fe Pt Ti Mt Ta Total I 3.5 1.9 2.4 2.0 1.55 11.35 II 3.2 1.8 2.15 2.05 1.55 10.75 III 3.1 1.65 1.85 2.85 1.8 11.25 IV 4.0 1.9 2.7 3.8 2.15 14.55 Leg spination.

Fe Pt Ti Mt

I d1-1-0 p0-0-1 v2-2 -2 v4-1 -4

II d1-1-1 p0-0-1 p0-1-1 v1-1 -2 p0-1-1 v4-2 -2

III d1-1-1 p0-1-1 r0-0-1 p1-0 r1-0 d1-0-0 p1-2-1 r0-1-2 v2-2 -2 d2-2-0 p3-2-0 r1-1-0 v4-1 - 3 IV d1-1-1 p0-0-1 r0-0-1 p1-0 r1-0 d1-1-0 p1-1-1 r1-1-1 v2-2 -2 d1-2-0 p1-1-1 r1-1-0 v3 -0-4 Epigyne as in Figs 2‒4View FIGURES 1 ‒ 8; fovea droplet-shaped (upside down) with protrusion on the anterior edge; receptacles oval, separated by less than one diameter, width of atrium less than 1.5 diameters of receptacle. Size variations. Total length 8.7–10.2; carapace 3.6–4.5 long and 2.9–3.5 wide (n=5).

Male. Described in Marusik et al. (2014a). In original description data leg spination was provided for leg IV only. Below we provide a full description of male leg spination.

Leg spination:

Fe Pt Ti Mt

I d1-1-0 p0-0-1 v2-2 -2 v4-3 -3

II d1-1-0 p0-0-1 p0-1-1 v1-1 -2 p0-1-1 v4-1 -5

III d1-1-1 p0-1-1 r0-1-1 p1-0 r1-0 d1-0-0 p1-1-1 r1-1-1 v2-2 -2 d1-2-0 p1-1-1 r1-1-0 v4-2 - 2 IV d1-1-0 p0-0-1 r0-0-1 p1-0 r1-0 d1-0-1 p1-1-1 r1-1-1 v2-2 - 2 d1-2-0 p1-3-0 r1-1-0 v2-1 -2 Distribution. Mongolia (southwest)  ; China (Inner Mongolia). 

Comments. The species was described on the basis of several males from Southern and South-Western Mongolia. While studying the material collected in the adjacent Inner Mongolia Province of China we found several female specimens belonging to Berlandina  with a coloration pattern specific for B. koponeni  . Epigynes of these females were very similar to those of B. ovtsharenkoi  , sibling with B. koponeni  . Correctness of matching of the female and the male is supported by the similarity in the body coloration, comparison with the sibling species and the geographical closeness of findings. Recorded in China for the first time. The new records represent the southernmost locality of the species range.


Zoological Museum, Moscow Lomonosov State University


Naturhistorisches Museum, Basel


Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences














Berlandina koponeni Marusik, Fomichev & Omelko, 2014

Fomichev, Alexander A. & Marusik, Yuri M. 2017


Berlandina koponeni Marusik et al., 2014a : 192

Marusik 2014: 192